“The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” in the News…Again

Jesus Wife Fragment

Easter is right around the corner which means it is time for recycling thoroughly trashed and discredited theories aimed at undermining the Bible.  The ease of predicting these “new discoveries” at Easter (and Christmas) is similar to predicting that the sun will rise in the east and set in the west.  Yet, for some reason, people seem genuinely shocked by these “new revelations” and some get genuinely shaken by these reused stories.

The latest “shocker” is one that has cycled through the centuries starting back in the third to fifth century: Jesus had a wife!  Just in case you forgot, this also hit the airwaves in 2012 and in the 2003 Da Vinci Code craze.   The latest buzz is that a manuscript fragment talking about Jesus having a wife, may not be a forgery (though reportedly many scholars still think it is a modern fake), but may indeed date back to around the fifth century.

If one steps back from the media hype, the critically thinking person will still come up with the response, “So what?”  Even if the fragment is legitimate, it does not mean that Jesus had a wife, it does not mean that it is some “secret gospel”, it does not mean that it is factual in any way whatsoever.  Rather, it means that we have a scrap from a manuscript written centuries after Jesus and the apostles died.  It simply means that we have a piece of a non-Christian manuscript dating to a time when all kinds of fanciful writings were taking place about Jesus.  There is no need for anyone to have their faith shaken by such a “discovery” nor for anyone antagonistic to the Christian faith to think they have anything legitimate to use against the faith and the Scriptures.

Christianity Today interviewed an expert on noncanonical gospels regarding this particular fragment in their article How To Date Jesus’ Wife:

In 2012, Harvard Divinity School historian Karen L. King unveiled a fragment of papyrus she called the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. The fragment says, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…,'” and the rest of the sentence is cut off. Another segment says, “As for me, I dwell with her in order to…” but the speaker is not named.

Several scholars quickly dismissed the manuscript as a modern fake, prompting the Smithsonian Channel not to air its documentary on the papyrus piece. Thursday, Harvard Theology Review, which had planned to publish King’s findings more than a year ago, released reports on the testing of the manuscript’s papyrus and ink, calling them “consistent with an ancient origin.” Professors at Columbia University, Harvard University, and MIT found that it resembles other ancient papyri from the fourth to the eighth centuries. But some scholars, such as Leo Depuydt, professor of Egyptology and ancient Western Asian studies at Brown University, still believe the fragment is a modern forgery. Their issue has not been with the papyrus or ink, but with grammatical “blunders” they say seem remixed from the Gospel of Thomas.

Both the 2012 announcement and yesterday’s drew headlines worldwide—far more attention than other manuscript fragments purportedly from the fourth to eighth centuries. Should we care? Does this tell us anything about Jesus or early Christianity? We asked Nicholas Perrin, Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, and the author of several books on theGospel of Thomas.

Do you think this fragment is a legitimate ancient document?

The consensus is that it is authentic, in the sense of being somewhere between the fifth and the ninth century. That’s important and interesting. It likely reflects that an earlier text was copied down.

Can someone, on the basis of this fragment, say, “A-ha! So now we know Jesus was married”?

No, that’s an illegitimate move. [This document is] so far removed from the first century that this rather reflects the speculations a later sect had about the earthly Jesus.

In the Coptic, the phrase really says, “Jesus said to them, ‘My woman…'” It could mean “woman” in the generic sense, but I think it just means his wife. The word is chime, which in this context, I think, means “wife.” And then it goes on to say, “she will be my disciple.” To me, this seems most reminiscent of another text dated to the third century AD, called The Gospel of Philip.

In the Gospel of Philip, there are intimations of Jesus being married, or at least having a partner. The Coptic term is a little ambiguous, at least regarding Mary. It’s a mysterious text, but what’s going on, to the best of our knowledge, in theGospel of Philip is that Jesus and Mary are reconstituting a kind of mythic primeval androgyny. What the folks behind the Gospel of Philip are saying about Jesus is that he is the new Adam and Mary is the new Eve. And the whole point about redemption is to get male and female together once again (in my interpretation), but this time without sexual intercourse.

I believe the Gospel of Philip represents a sect where men and women cohabitated and followed Jesus, but forbade sexual intercourse within what would otherwise be a marriage relationship. So the Gospel of Jesus’ Wifefragment could give theological warrant to that.

Some scholars say the statement about Jesus’ wife could be metaphorical. Do you think that was the intended meaning?

It could be. But because there is certain correspondence with the Gospel of Philip, I think this is somewhat literal. But not necessarily with sexual intercourse in the picture. Obviously, the church is Christ’s bride and so on. But to me that does not seem to be the original context of this, if I’m drawing lines properly.

It seems that if Jesus really did have a wife, the Gospel writers would want to include a major detail like that in their accounts.

Yeah. From time to time, people have fun playing around with the possibility that Jesus was actually married. The argument goes something like this: In first-century Judaism, young men generally got married. Parents found a match for their son, just as in Fiddler on the Roof. We don’t have clear explicit evidence that Jesus was not married, so the inference is that Jesus was married and the Gospels just never mention that. Although, when you look at texts like Matthew 19, which historical Jesus scholars ascribe high authenticity to, Jesus says, “There are eunuchs who have been made so from birth, some have been made eunuchs, and some have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.” The pretty clear inference is that Jesus himself is a eunuch. In other words, he’s a single man.

Ancient biographies, just like modern ones, will mention the spouse of a subject, whether it’s Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar. The Gospels are types of biographies. I assume that if Jesus was married, they would’ve mentioned it. And the truth is a lot of people didn’t get married. Rabbis took vows of celibacy to demonstrate their own commitment to Torah study. The Essenes were celibate. The Therapeutae in Egypt were celibate. Certain prophets, like John the Baptist, were celibate. So there is a connection between holiness and celibacy already in the first century, and Jesus fits very nicely into that.

Do you think this is getting so much attention just because people think it undermines traditional Christian beliefs?

People like to throw dust in the eyes of the orthodox folks and say, “Look, you can’t even get the basic facts about Jesus right. You don’t even know he was married or not. You thought he wasn’t married. Turns out he was. So, there’s a good chance that you’re awfully wrong about a lot of other stuff—including whether he provided atonement for the world.”

The more you can find stuff out of left field that doesn’t fit our picture of Jesus as we know it, the more you can make a case that today Christians have got it wrong.

The thing about the wife issue is that it’s near sexual ethics. There’s no hotter topic in our culture right now than sexual ethics. If you can turn it around and say, “You [Christians] have been thinking for 2,000 years that Jesus was celibate, and you held that forth as an ideal. It turns out that he was married and very much interested in sex. Therefore, he didn’t really care about sexual ethics they way modern-day Christians do.”

Is there any reason Christians should be unsettled by documents like these?

The Wife of Jesus fragment should not at all be unsettling for the Christian faith. It reflects the belief of someone who was writing between the fifth and ninth century. That belief might go earlier, but when we know that there were all kinds of heretical beliefs cropping up around end of the first century, we also know this is nothing new.

Christians to Watch for in the Olympics

For God and Country: Christian Athletes to Watch in Sochi

The Olympics isn’t just about competition. It’s also about stories. Here are some who know their Author.
By: Laura Leonard
For God and Country: Christian Athletes to Watch in Sochi

It’s as dependable as the Olympic Flame. Every two years the world’s best athletes convene in a single city to compete for the honor of their countries, their families, and, for some, their God.

The games stay the same—give or take your Ski Halfpipe, Women’s Ski Jumping, or Team Figure Skating, all making their debuts in Sochi—but every Olympic season we welcome a new set of athletes into our homes via Bob Costas and his personality pieces engineered to invest us more deeply in their pursuit of gold. For two weeks these athletes become household names, securing a few more weeks if they win gold, and their stories become the backdrop of our lives until the last lights go out in the Olympic Village.

It’s nice to find fellow Christians among the 230 men and women who make up the 2014 Team USA delegation to Sochi, Russia. We don’t root for them because they’re on “Team Jesus,” but all the same it’s nice to see people at the peak of their field, on the world’s biggest athletic stage, turn the credit back to the One who gave us bodies to run and jump and spin on ice and imaginations to push the limits of those bodies to run faster, jump higher, and spin faster than we ever thought possible.

Here are a few Christians to watch as they compete for Team USA in Sochi. Many of them are medal contenders; all of them know that no matter what happens over the next two weeks, God will still be good.

Kelly Clark – Snowboarding (Halfpipe)@KellyClarkFDN

The four-time Olympian and two-time medalist in the women’s snowboarding event (gold in 2002, bronze in 2010), Clark was led to Christ in 2005 when she realized that despite her success—she is the winningest woman in halfpipe history—she still felt empty. She witnessed another boarder console a competitor who had just failed to qualify by telling her, “It’s all right. God still loves you,” and was struck by the idea that she found the woman in her hotel room and asked her to explain more. That night she made a decision to give her life to Christ, and has spoken out about her faith ever since. Sochi will be her fourth straight Olympics.

Lolo Jones – Bobsled @LoloJones

One of the most visible athletes on the U.S. team, Lori “Lolo” Jones, is known almost as much for her faith (and her openness to discussing her virginity) as she is for her athletic talent and drive. After finishing fourth in her premier event—the 100m hurdles—at the 2012 Summer Games in London, Jones pulled a Cool Runnings to keep her quest for an Olympic medal alive by switching to this track-friendly winter sport. Her selection to the team given her newcomer status was not without controversy, but the U.S. women’s bobsled team is expected to do well after sweeping the medals at the sport’s World Cup last month.

David Wise – Freeskiing (Halfpipe)@MrDavidWise

Wise won his first national title in freestyle ski halfpipe at 15 and went pro at 18. He met his wife Alexandra at church camp, eloped at 21, and had a daughter a year later. Now 23, he finished 2013 ranked first in the world in his discipline and is a gold medal favorite in his sport’s first-ever Olympics. He wants his skiing to “show people that the world is beautiful. Yeah, there’s ugliness mixed in, but God created us all with the potential of enjoying this place.” He loves to read and lists C. S. Lewis as his favorite author. Together he and his wife run the youth group at their church, and he pictures himself someday becoming a full-time pastor.

Katie Uhlaender – Skeleton @KatieU11

Making her third Olympic appearance, skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender is no stranger to the sporting life—her dad, Ted, was a Major League outfielder for the Twins, the Indians and the Reds. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 2009, while she was competing at the World Cup championships in Park City, Utah. Her best Olympic finish was 6th place in 2006, and she credits her faith with helping her move past disappointment with her 11th place finish in 2010. She just turned 29 and has already announced her intentions to continue competing through the 2018 Olympics. While she also wants to settle down and have a family, she says, “I’ll have to have faith in God’s plan and continue doing what I feel like he wants me to be doing, and everything will fall into place.”

Anne Schleper – Hockey @_aschlep

Schleper points to her experience with Athletes in Action as a hockey player at the University of Minnesota as the time when the religion of her childhood became a personal faith. Schleper now leads a Bible study at Team USA training camps. “Any time you get in the athletic environment, it’s challenging as a Christian. It’s easy to have an ‘it’s about me’ attitude,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to be around other Christians who can lift you up and pray for you. It’s good to stay connected, and that’s where I’ve seen those Bible studies at camps be so huge. God is opening the eyes of teammates who I would never have thought would come. He’s building it into something bigger and better.”

Bobby Brown – Free skiing (Halfpipe)@Bobby_Brown1

For the past few years Brown has been at the top of the world of freestyle skiing, which has been part of the X Games since the 1990s. Popular tricks in the sport, the skiing version of the event popularized by snowboarder Shaun White, include the “K-Fed,” “Britney,” and “Lincoln Loop.” Brown has won four golds at the X Games, but is looking to make his comeback after two broken ankle injuries in 2013.

Elana Meyers – Bobsled @eamslider24

Another bobsledder who found her way there from another sport, Meyers was invited to try out for the 2004 Olympic softball team but the experience did not go well; she says she “crashed and burned.” When she officially decided to retire from softball in 2007, she turned to bobsled to keep her Olympic dream alive. Two weeks after her first tryout, she made the national team. In 2010 she won a bronze medal with the team and is a favorite to take home a gold or silver in Sochi. She says, “One of the big reasons I was put in bobsled is to help people not only reach their goals, but come to Christ.”

Christopher Creveling – Speed Skating@TophCrev

The 27-year-old is making his Olympic debut in Sochi. He grew up skating at the roller rink his family owned, where he competed in inline speed skating alongside Olympics teammate Kyle Tress. In 2004 he was the inline World Champion, and in 2007 he made the switch to short track speed skating.

The Sex Lives of Unmarried “Evangelicals”

Relevant magazine reported that 80% of unmarried evangelicals have had sex.  A newer survey reports that 56% of unmarried evangelicals have never had sex.  Both targeted the same age group: 18-29 years old.  Which survey is correct?  

According to Relevant, using the National Campaign survey, evangelicals have premarital sex “as much (or more) than non-Christians.”  The newer survey, done by Grey Matter, tells a very different story.   Relevant‘s survey says that “evangelical” Christians aged 18-29 don’t actually believe or live out their faith when it comes to the physical and sexual aspects of life.  The Grey Matter survey demonstrates the majority of “evangelical” Christians aged 18-29 truly live out their faith, even in the face of sociopolitical pressures to normalize fornication.  The difference is drastic, especially in light of the Scripture’s consistent call to live out our faith and the truth of the Bible through our words and deeds.  Again, which survey is correct?

Christianity Today took a look at the two surveys, asked which was right, and concluded, “Probably both, depending on how you define evangelical.”

So, how did the two surveys define ‘evangelical’?  National Campaign simply asked the respondent if they considered themselves a “born-again Christian, evangelical, or fundamentalist.”  In other words, Relevant used a survey that really had no definition of ‘evangelical’ from which they drew their alarming statistics.  Grey Matter, on the other hand, defined ‘evangelical’ based upon the qualifications of those who “attend church at least monthly, and hold traditional evangelical beliefs on salvation, the Bible, evangelism, and active faith.”  The Grey Matter survey actually had a definition, and the results regarding sexual activity differed greatly from those who take the name “evangelical” but don’t believe or live out the definition.

As Christianity Today puts it “In other words, if you call yourself and evangelical but don’t go to church or hold evangelical beliefs, you’re also unlikely to remain chaste.”

Do you consider yourself an evangelical?  Do you fit the definition as laid out by Grey Matter?  How do you handle the struggles to live out what you claim to believe, if you call yourself an evangelical Christian?

Christianity Today lays out a chart (below) in The Sex Lives of Unmarried Evangelicals that lays out more differences between the two surveys.

CT survey

The Atheist’s Dilemma – A Testimony

The Atheist’s Dilemma

I tried to face down an overwhelming body of evidence, as well as the living God.

By Jordan Monge
The Atheist's Dilemma

I don’t know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: “But how do you know what the Bible says is true?” By age 11, my atheism was so widely known in my middle school that a Christian boy threatened to come to my house and “shoot all the atheists.” My Christian friends in high school avoided talking to me about religion because they anticipated that I would tear down their poorly constructed arguments. And I did.

As I set off in 2008 to begin my freshman year studying government at Harvard (whose motto isVeritas, “Truth”), I could never have expected the change that awaited me.

It was a brisk November when I met John Joseph Porter. Our conversations initially revolved around conservative politics, but soon gravitated toward religion. He wrote an essay for theIchthus, Harvard’s Christian journal, defending God’s existence. I critiqued it. On campus, we’d argue into the wee hours; when apart, we’d take our arguments to e-mail. Never before had I met a Christian who could respond to my most basic philosophical questions: How does one understand the Bible’s contradictions? Could an omnipotent God make a stone he could not lift? What about the Euthyphro dilemma: Is something good because God declared it so, or does God merely identify the good? To someone like me, with no Christian background, resorting to an answer like “It takes faith” could only be intellectual cowardice. Joseph didn’t do that.

And he did something else: He prodded me on how inconsistent I was as an atheist who nonetheless believed in right and wrong as objective, universal categories. Defenseless, I decided to take a seminar on meta-ethics. After all, atheists had been developing ethical systems for 200-some years. In what I now see as providential, my atheist professor assigned a paper by C. S. Lewis that resolved the Euthyphro dilemma, declaring, “God is not merely good, but goodness; goodness is not merely divine, but God.”

Joseph also pushed me on the origins of the universe. I had always believed in the Big Bang. But I was blissfully unaware that the man who first proposed it, Georges Lemaître, was a Catholic priest. And I’d happily ignored the rabbit trail of a problem of what caused the Big Bang, and what caused that cause, and so on.

By Valentine’s Day, I began to believe in God. There was no intellectual shame in being a deist, after all, as I joined the respectable ranks of Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers.

I wouldn’t stay a deist for long. A Catholic friend gave me J. Budziszewski’s book Ask Me Anything, which included the Christian teaching that “love is a commitment of the will to the true good of the other person.” This theme—of love as sacrifice for true good—struck me. The Cross no longer seemed a grotesque symbol of divine sadism, but a remarkable act of love. And Christianity began to look less strangely mythical and more cosmically beautiful.

At the same time, I had begun to read through the Bible and was confronted by my sin. I was painfully arrogant and prone to fits of rage. I was unforgiving and unwaveringly selfish. I passed sexual boundaries that I’d promised I wouldn’t. The fact that I had failed to adhere to my own ethical standards filled me with deep regret. Yet I could do nothing to right these wrongs. The Cross no longer looked merely like a symbol of love, but like the answer to an incurable need. When I read the Crucifixion scene in the Book of John for the first time, I wept.

No Walk in the Park

But beauty and need do not make something true. I longed for the Bible to be true, but the intellectual evidence was still insufficient.

So I plunged headlong into apologetics, devouring debates and books from many perspectives. I read the Qur’an and Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion. I went through The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible and looked up Christian rebuttals to apparent contradictions. But nothing compared to the rich tradition of Christian intellect. I’d argued with my peers, but I’d never investigated the works of the masters: Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Pascal, and Lewis. When I finally did, the only reasonable course of action was to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But my head and my heart suddenly switched places. Though I began to know the evidence for the Scriptures, my head full of answers, I began to feel distant from the story that had brought me to tears a month prior. When reading through the Passion narrative on retreat on Cape Cod in the spring, I remained utterly unmoved. I went out to pray.

I walked to a pond surrounded by trees and began praying by the water’s edge. I felt disconnected from God, from the friends I’d begun to hold dear, from my body itself. I begged God to make it all click, as a test for me to know that he was there. After an hour with no progress, I started to walk.

Following the pond to a stream, I began climbing through the surrounding thicket to see if I could reach the ocean a little ways down. I kept pausing, thinking, Do I want to go back? I left all my stuff behind. But each time, I renewed my steps, believing that I couldn’t quit until I’d made it to the end. I wouldn’t forgive myself if I just gave up and went back to where I’d started. I had some sense of direction of where I needed to go, but I didn’t know how to get there.

I climbed over branches and under bushes, sometimes going in the opposite direction for a while when the bramble grew too thick. I treaded lightly through marshes only to have the mud swallow my leg up to the knee. After pulling myself out, I started walking through the stream, since I figured I couldn’t get any dirtier, and the ground seemed to be most trustworthy along the middle of the river where the water had worn the path. So I followed it until the last light of day was waning.

I quickly realized that my journey through the briar patch was an apt metaphor. I’m trying to get somewhere, but I’m not sure how to get there. There’s no clear path, so I must proceed by trusting my instincts. I might even go off in the opposite direction for a little while. In the end, I may arrive right back where I started. But that’s okay too, because I’ll get there with a clearer head and everything will be waiting for me when I’m done. It won’t be easy. Sometimes I’ll get mired in the mud, or caught up in thorns. But I’ll make it through, though not without a few cuts.

If I wanted to continue forward in this investigation, I couldn’t let it be just an intellectual journey. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). I could know the truth only if I pursued obedience first.

I’d been waiting for my head and my heart to be in agreement. By the end of the church retreat, they weren’t completely in sync. Many days they still aren’t. But I realized that the unity could come later. If my heart had agreed at one point, and my head agreed now, then my heart would follow. I couldn’t let a malfunctioning heart delay the logical course of action, the obedience required by true faith.

I committed my life to Christ by being baptized on Easter Sunday, 2009.

This walk has proved to be quite a journey. I’ve struggled with depression. I would yell, scream, cry at this God whom I had begun to love but didn’t always like. But never once did I have to sacrifice my intellect for my faith, and he blessed me most keenly through my doubt. God revealed himself through Scripture, prayer, friendships, and the Christian tradition whenever I pursued him faithfully. I cannot say for certain where the journey ends, but I have committed to follow the way of Christ wherever it may lead. When confronted with the overwhelming body of evidence I encountered, when facing down the living God, it was the only rational course of action.

I came to Harvard seeking Veritas. Instead, he found me.

Rulers Writing & Reading the Word

“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.” (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

Imagine what it would be like if the first task that the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Monarch of England, or even the members of Congress & the Supreme Court had to do upon taking their place of authority was to sit down and write out the entire Bible. No copy and paste. No administrative assistant. Then that copy of Scripture was scrutinized by a dependable pastor to ensure that no shortcuts were made or typos.  After that they would be on a daily Bible reading schedule in addition to the tasks of the office. If the rulers of the nations of the world did this I wonder how much may be different in the political realm.  Even if they weren’t believers, having the Word of God speaking to them while they write and read it would have some kind of impact – probably quite a number of salvations, too.

How about if Christians, whether in a position of authority or not, did this command for the rulers of Israel from the fifth book of Moses?  The statistics reported in Christianity Today that only 21% of self-declared Christians read their Bibles daily (41% read weekly, but some groups rate as high as 72%), so this could be a big boost in Bible knowledge, biblical thinking, and an improvement in the personal relationships of Christians with their Savior and with one another.

Now throw in actually writing out the Bible. That would be an impressive and interesting goal.  Does anyone want to give this a try?  How about starting with the New Testament and then moving on to the Old Testament to ease into this challenge?

Food for Spiritual Growth

“Many complain that the church has become incapable  of cultivating Christian habits in its people. No wonder, when for so many the starting point is not God but spiritual experience.  How can we sustain any spiritual growth if it is grounded in something as transitory as what we feel, individually or corporately?”
(Darren C. Marks in Christianity Today March 2010 “The Mind Under Grace”)

Marks’ critique lands a solid blow against the thought of cultivating spiritual disciplines for the sake of spiritual experiences.  Seeking the experience of the presence of the Lord in our daily life is by no means a bad thing, but when that is the goal of cultivating healthy habits we land short of the true goal – knowing the person of Jesus Christ.  In a healthy relationship we seek to know the other party and not just the feelings and experiences that we have when with them.  No matter how wonderful the sensations, there will ultimately be a realization of something unsatisfying because growth in relationships is based upon more than self-seeking emotional desires.  When we  start to realize this dissatisfaction due to having a “me-focused” Christian life based on “feeling good from God” the desire to cultivate Christian habits for spiritual growth withers.

While the terms doctrine and theology can bring negative reactions from some, especially “inner-life” and “charismatic” oriented Christians, because of experiences in dry and seemingly dead church environments, they are very necessary for sustainable Christian growth.  James Smith puts it this way, “Theology is not some intellectual option that makes us ‘smart’ Christians; it is the grace understanding that makes us faithful disciples”. Doctrine and theology inform us of the person of God lest we start twisting God into our own image instead of His transforming us into His image.  It is this knowledge that enables a thoughtful and emotional connection with our Savior and God that keeps us longing for more of Him and faithful to Him rather than just the feelings that we may get from His presence.

Darren Marks makes a couple other statements worth noting as a closing warning and exhortation to base our Christian life on more than subjective desires:

A theology grounded in experience ultimately fades into soft moralism, humanism, or, in the unique case of American Christianity, a civic religion wherein God and country are easily confused.

It boils down…to one basic principle: Do whatever makes you feel good about yourself, and preferably in 10 minutes or less.

Holding Marriage in Honor

I read a blog entitled, “Outmaneuvering Paul on Sexual Issues“.   The key verse is Hebrews 13:4 – “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled,  for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”  The blog author uses this verse along with a recent article in Christianity Today to point out the results of not holding marriage in honor – even before marriage.

I am so pleased that my fiancée has held marriage in honor and continues to do so as we approach our marriage.